How Long Does Food Last in the Fridge: A Guide by Durbl

Article published at: Jul 3, 2024 Article author: Durbl-Megan
All Durbl Life Stories Article comments count: 0

At Durbl, we emphasize maintaining a neat and organized refrigerator. Proper food storage reduces waste, enhances flavor, and saves money. Here’s a guide on how long different foods last in the fridge and some storage tips.

Meat, Poultry, and Fish

  • Beef, Lamb, Pork (Steaks and Roasts): 3-5 days
  • Ground Meat: 1-2 days
  • Cooked Meats: 3-4 days
  • Bacon: 1 week
  • Lunch Meats: 2 weeks unopened, 3-5 days after opening
  • Raw Chicken: 1-2 days
  • Cooked Chicken: 3-4 days
  • Lean Fish: 1-2 days
  • Cooked Fish: 3-4 days


  • Butter: 1-3 months
  • Cream Cheese: 2 weeks
  • Cottage Cheese: 1 week after opening, 2 weeks unopened
  • Shredded Cheese: 1 week after opening, 1 month unopened
  • Yogurt: 1-2 weeks
  • Milk: 1 week
  • Tofu: 3 weeks


  • Apples: 3 weeks
  • Avocados: 3-4 days
  • Berries, Cherries: 1-2 days
  • Grapes: 1 week
  • Asparagus: 3-4 days
  • Carrots: 3 weeks
  • Celery: 1-2 weeks
  • Leafy Greens: 3-7 days
  • Cut Fruit: 4 days after opening

Cold Storage Tips

1. Regular Cleaning: Clean up spills immediately and do a thorough cleaning weekly.
2. Check Leftovers Daily: Discard food if you notice changes in texture, color, or smell.
3. Proper Placement: Store highly perishable items on the middle shelf where temperatures are stable.
4. Moisture Control: Place a dry washcloth with salads to absorb excess moisture.
5. Use Reusable Silicone Bags: Store deli meats in Durbl’s food-grade silicone bags to reduce plastic waste and keep food fresh longer.

Correct food storage extends shelf life, maintains freshness, and reduces waste. Follow these guidelines to make the most of your fridge space and keep your kitchen tidy. For more smart storage solutions, check out Durbl’s sustainable kitchen product range.


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published